Kalinda Primary School Newsletter

20 June 2019
Issue Four
Principal's Report
From the Assistant Principal 
Save the date
Spotlight on student learning
Kalinda Kids Corner
Student Achievements
Around the school
From staff and the Office
Fundraising and Parents and Friends
Health and First Aid
Handy Links
Public Announcements
Kalinda Primary School
03 9876 3289
39- 49 Kalinda Rd
Ringwood, VIC, 3134

Principal's Report

Thank you for a great term

As this is the last newsletter for Term 2, I would like to take the time to thank the Kalinda school community for welcoming me so warmly into the school. Having the opportunity to get to know how the school operates and build relationships with the students, staff and parents has been highly rewarding. I am really looking forward to working collaboratively to continue to take our school from strength to strength.


Throughout this term I have had the chance to learn about Kalinda's culture of resilience, respect and kindness and some of the highlights have been:


-School Cross Country Carnival

-Highland Dancing Concert

-School Disco

-Parent Information Sessions on Maths, THRASS and Sex Education

-Yr 6 Reunion Night

-1/2 Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Incursion and Excursion


Enrol by the end of June

Please ensure all enrolment forms for Foundation in 2020 are lodged at the office by the end of June. 

School Disco

A huge thank you to all the volunteers who made the School Disco an incredibly safe and enjoyable event for our students. With over 420 students attending the disco and more than 60 volunteers contributing to the night, the event really showed a great side of Kalinda's community.


Thank you also to all the families who made such an effort with costumes for their children.



We are kind. We are resilient. We are respectful.

From the Assistant Principal 

From Mrs Hopkins' office....

We are coming to the end of another wonderful term at Kalinda Primary School and it has been my great pleasure to introduce Mr. McClare to the true magic that is the Kalinda community. As the substantive (permanent) leadership team Mr. McClare and I have visions of a thriving, vibrant school and having the privilege to 'show off' our school to him has been a real treat! It's not hard for me to find words at the best of time (#chatterbox) but the list I have of why Kalinda is the best place to be is truly endless. We have amazing teachers, education support staff, programs, families, curriculum, facilities, grounds and most importantly - students that are a true joy to spend time with. 


It was really lovely to hear some of our newest families telling me at the disco how thrilled they are to be a part of the Kalinda community. From the flawless organisation to the amazing teachers busting a move we really did shine! 


We have a lot of children and families struggling with winter illnesses at the moment. Please continue to be very mindful of sending your children to school if they are or have been unwell. Cold and flu like symptoms can worsen quickly during a tiring school day and we also have students and family members currently undergoing medical treatments and suffering from autoimmune diseases so we urge you to keep your child at home if they are unwell - particularly with vomiting or diarrhea (24 hour minimum exclusion applies), temperatures, symptoms that require pain or fever relief or any symptoms that cause distress, malaise or exhaustion. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.


Lauren Hopkins

We are kind.                                                 We are resilient.                                                    We are respectful. 

Save the date

Upcoming events to mark in your calendar: 



Day Date Event






20th June


21st June

Jump Rope for Heart Day, all grades

Sex Ed session for Years 5 and 6


Tuesday 25th June Performance Assembly, 9.10am
Wednesday 26th June Hot Dog Special Food Day
Thursday 27th June

Sex Ed session for Years 5 and 6

Science Expo, 3.00pm for years 3 and 4

Friday 28th June

Final day of Term 2. Please note  there will be NO ASSEMBLY

Early dismissal, 2.30pm

  13th to 19th August Lilyvale Primary (our sister school) will visit as part of the Branch Out exchange program with Japan
Thursday  15th August Branch Out Special Food Day

Working Bees

Sunday, June 23 - THIS WEEKEND

Saturday August 17

Sunday September 15

Sunday November 24

Looking Ahead, Key Dates

Term 3    
Tuesday 30th July House Athletics for Years 3 to 6
Monday 12th August National Science Week commences
Monday 19th August 

Book Week commences

Sunday  14th September State School Spectacular
Wednesday 18th September Footy Pie Day and Footy Maths Day
Friday 20th September Final Day of Term 3
Term 4    
Tuesday 5th November Melbourne Cup Public Holiday
Monday 18th November House Athletics for Foundation to Year 2
Friday 6th December Swimming Program commences
Friday 20th December Final Day of the 2019 school year.

Special Dates for Future Foundation Students


2019 Term dates


2020 and beyond


Spotlight on student learning

Science Expo Invitation

Next Thursday the 27th of June the 3/4 children will be showcasing and celebrating all their hard work this term in Science. We would like to invite friends and families to attend our expo. Our classrooms will be open from 3:00pm until 4:00pm for you to come and visit and enjoy! The children are invited to dress up in something related to Earth or The Solar System. We do not want families to spend any money on costumes. Dress ups and outfits used for the Disco could be re-used, children may also dress in the colours of the planet they have designed. No gold coin donation required, this is a fun celebration day ONLY for Year 3 and 4 students.


Kind regards,

The 3/4 Team

Kalinda Kids Corner

The Kalinda Kids Corner is a place for Student Voice. A place to showcase student ideas and reports. 

What do our students have to say this week?

PJs for days!

Thank you to everybody who wore their pyjamas on the 19th of June. It was amazing to see  so many bright, fluffy and creative pyjamas! Many of our students enjoyed snuggling up and sharing some brilliant bedtime stories, and most of them even managed to stay awake!


We are excited to announce that our gold coin donations raised $628 which is a fantastic achievement! All the money will be donated to our World Vision sponsor, Timotius. The Junior School Council would like to thank everybody who dressed up and donated, and we hope you are all looking forward to our next event!


Zara & Ava on behalf of the 2019 Junior School Council.



Student Achievements

Student Achievements

The children of Kalinda have many wonderful talents, achievements and hobbies. If your child has recently celebrated an achievement of some sort we would love to hear about it! Maybe they have broken a record at Little Athletics, earned a new belt in Karate, been selected for a choir or dance group, or been awarded a special badge in Cubs, Scouts or Guides. Whatever the accomplishment, please send details (and photos if possible) to hopkins.lauren.d@edumail.vic.gov.au or chat to Lauren Hopkins (Assistant Principal) because we would really like to share their achievements here! 

Kalinda kids are kicking goals all over the place...

This week we are proud to showcase the truly amazing work of James (Grade 5) and Mackenzie (Grade 4) - these are both amazing achievements, we are very proud of you both!

James earns prestigious Scouting Award. 

James (5/6C) attends Cub Scouts at 1st Maroondah Scout Pack in Ringwood North. James achieved the Grey Wolf Award which is the highest Award a Cub Scout can achieve. Not many Cub Scouts achieve this award as it requires a lot of self-dedication and many many hours of work. Last Wednesday evening James was presented with his Grey Wolf certificate.  Congratulations James, this is a wonderful achievement!

In earning the Grey Wolf Award, James has:

  • Using a map, planned and led a 4 hour adventurous hike with 8 Cub Scouts.
  • Developed and ran a 90 minute Cub Scout programme for 24 Cubs (Pin hole camera construction).
  • Completed a 2 day leadership course.
  • Attended Pack Council meetings.
  • Attended weekend Pack and District outdoor adventure camps in tents.
  • Completed Stage 3 Bushwalking, Bushcraft and Camping Outdoor Adventure Skills.
  • Achieved 8 stage progressions in the Outdoor Adventure Skills , including Aquatics, Camping, Alpine, Boating, Vertical, Hiking, Cycling and Bushcraft.
  • Completed 6 Special Interest Area activities in STEM, Arts & Literature and Recreation & Sports.
  • Completed a personal reflection on his Scouting Journey.


Mackenzie is dancing up a storm!

Mackenzie of 3/4 C was selected to be in the Victorian Calisthenics State Team in November last year. 

Since then, she has been training with the squad of 24 girls between 5-8 hours per week, as well as countless hours at home. She performed at the Palais Theatre last weekend & will be competing in the National Titles in Perth in July.



Around the school



Earn and Learn is still going! This year we are very excited to be a part of the program and we are collecting stickers to put towards new maths equipment for our classrooms. Please encourage all your family and friends to bring their stickers into school. Sticker sheets and collection boxes are in the foyer, near the office.


You can download and print a sticker sheet from https://cdn0.woolworths.media/content/content/earn-and-learn-sticker-sheet.pdf


Eastern Metropolitan Region Cross Country

Congratulations to Callum, Rory, Gemma and Ava who competed in the Eastern Metropolitan Region Cross Country at Yarra Glen Racecourse on Tuesday the 18th of June. This is a very high level of competition to compete in, they had progressed from House Cross Country to District Cross Country, to Division Cross Country and then to Eastern Metropolitan Region Cross Country. Progressing to this level of competition is a massive achievement! Not only was it an achievement competing at this level of competition, they also gained sensational results on the day; Callum finished in 14th place, Rory in 19th place, Gemma in 26th place and Ava in 25th place. Sensational effort!


Jess Swingler





           Recounts of the Kalinda Disco from 3/4S

Kalinda Disco  

By Evie

I was so happy and excited to go to the disco, to see my friends and dance. Finally I was ready to go to the disco and we got to the stadium.  First we had to sign in then I went in to the loud crowd.


I saw all the different kinds of costumes (I wore a black top with planets on it and a black skirt and leggings) and I saw the decorations, there was even a photo booth!


Me, Natasha, Tenulie, Grace and Zoe were dancing, then everybody was doing the 'conga line', so we all joined in. After that my friends were playing hide and seek, that was really fun.


If you're wondering why we had the disco  - well, just for fun and dancing with your friends.  Then it was the end of the disco.  It was super fun.


Disco recount !

 By Hazel   

Mum! Put your foot on the pedal and lets go to the disco, but me and Tabitha are getting ready together and wearing spectacular tutu’s and doing our nails. I just know this disco is going to be the best and greatest disco ever  .        


I was finally at her house; we laughed as we were painting on our shirt.  It wasn’t dried in time but that didn't stop us from going, we put glitter on our face. We jumped in the car and when we got there I saw kids laughing and my face lit up! We took the best photos and we ran through the silver shiny streamers. I danced like no tomorrow, my cheeks hurt from smiling too much. I didn’t  even care that it was over, at least I had FUN!

From staff and the Office



Last Day Reminder - UPDATE

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Canteen will be closed this Friday, Friday 21st June.

It will be open on Monday, 24th June, and this will be the final day for Canteen in Term 2.

Canteen will be closed (as normal) on Tuesday 25th June.

We will have the Hot Dog Special Food Day on Wednesday 26th June, which will have been pre-ordered.

Then the Canteen will remain closed until Wednesday 17th July. 



Surprise your child and order them a birthday cupcake for $2.50 with raspberry or lemonade icing on top.     You must order at the Canteen only.



A huge thank you to all the parents and grandparents who have helped out in the Canteen this term.

We need volunteers for Terms 3 and 4.  Please see the article below.

We wish you all a happy and safe holiday break.



We have multiple days where we URGENTLY need help in order to continue to provide this excellent service. 

If you can help, please go to https://www.volunteersignup.org/XJ3WF

The roster is available for the whole year, including Special Food Days.


Next Week

Monday 24th June - Justine W

Wednesday 26th June, Hot Dog Day - LOTS OF Helpers Needed please

Thursday,  27th June;    CLOSED for cleaning

Friday ,28th June;           CLOSED for cleaning


Week 1, Term 3

Monday 15th July,        Closed for Re-stocking

tuesday 16th July,        Closed as normal

Wednesday 17th July, Helper Needed please

Thursday 18th July,     Helper Needed please

Friday 19th July,           9.30am to 1.30pm, Helper Needed please

                                             11.30am to 1.30pm, Helper Needed please



Our special Kalinda Jumble sale was highly successful as it is each year.  We cleared the lost property of so many of its un-named items.  Very little needed to be sent for recycle and we earned $215.10  to donate to State School Relief !



Breakfast Club will continue to operate as normal next week, the final week of term.

We thank all families who have provided donations.

We presently have enough of the things we need.

Term 3

Breakfast Club will resume on Tuesday, 16th July, at 8.30am.


End of Term Arrangements

Please note the following for the end of Term 2


  • The Office will be unable to accept any payments as from 10am on Thursday 27th June
  • There will be no more Student banking this term.  Banking will resume on Monday 15th July
  • We wish all families and students a lovely, happy and safe holiday.

Fundraising and Parents and Friends


Kalinda Parents & Friends and Fundraising 2019


Thank you to all who volunteered at the Disco last weekend we couldn’t put on an event like this for our children without the help of so many families and teachers and appreciate the support of our wonderful school community.

We would also like to share with you the exciting events planned for the second half of the year, some of these are annual events for Kalinda and some new to add to the mix and with all money we raise going back into our school to provide a number of resources, graduation pennants for our Grade 6 students and Stickybeak bags for our Foundation students just to name a few.


Father’s Day Stall – Wednesday 28th August

Colour Run followed by a BBQ after school - Wednesday 30th October

Mega Christmas Raffle – tickets to go home in November to be drawn at Carols night

Christmas Market & Carols Night - Thursday 5th December


We love having the opportunity to provide these events and opportunities for our Kalinda students and families, but we can’t do it all on our own and need some support to share the load and just like the disco we encourage you to get involved where you can either by volunteering at an event or behind the scenes in the planning.  Rosters will be sent prior to each event and we are seeking support and encourage families to volunteer where you can and if you would like to get involved behind the scenes in any of our events or just come along to our planning meetings please touch base with one of the team.


Thank you from all of us,

Parents & Friends & Fundraising Teams


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Health and First Aid




Anna Diacos EEN

First Aid Officer

Kalinda Primary School



Articles and Information from OshClub

Ongoing Information

Phone: OshClub on 0439 992 434   Email: kalinda@oshclub.com.au

Head Office: 1300 395 735   


Coordinator: Jane Evans

Assistant Coordinator: Jamie Quinn

Program Assistant: Sarah Taroza

OshClub Casual Staff: Wendy Reid, Lauren Hilston, Kaitlyn Robertson, Wiki Tut and Loressa Mancuso


Going on this week: 

Our theme at OSHClub this week is Movement and Imagination. We have been busy exploring the craft cupboards and using our imagination to make and create. Our construction theme continues as we build on children’s continuing interest in constructing with open-ended materials. Next week our theme is Community – Working Together. This builds on children’s recent interest in role play and building forts and bases. There has been plenty of office, car sales and restaurant play of late and this provides the perfect opportunity for children to practice being community minded by working together and including others.


This Coming Week and Following  Week

This Coming Week - Movement and Imagination

Disco Glitter Playdough

Explore the Craft Cupboards

Tabletop Loose Parts Creativity

Animal Creations

Playdough Bakery

Poison Letter

Ship Shark Shore

Chinese Wall

Bob Down Tiggy

Fruit Salad


The Following Week Community – Working Together

Supermarket Departments

Recycled Paper Necklaces

Scrape Paintings

Paper Plate Craft

Build a Fort


Gaga Ball


Down Ball


Table Tennis



Osh Club Vacation Care

Bookings are now open for Vacation Care during the upcoming school holidays. Please see the attached flyer for booking information and details about our theme days, incursions and excursions. Further information can be found at http://www.oshclub.com.au/vacationcare


Please note: online bookings for each session close 24 hours in advance. If online bookings have closed and you would like to make or cancel a booking, please SMS the program phone on 0439 992 434. Any other queries, please feel free to call, SMS or email us at kalinda@oshclub.com.au. 


Handy Links

Instructions for accessing student sites: 

1. Click on the link above

2. Ensure (by checking in the top right hand corner of your screen) that you are not logged into any other google account other than your child's Google account. If you are currently logged into a personal or work Google account, you will not be able to access the student site

3. Select the Year level of your child. 

4. Enter the username and password that was issued via your child's diary. 

5. Please contact your class teacher or the school office if you are having issues. 

Public Announcements




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